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Dodgers' Alex Guerrero hits homer in loss
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon's 11-3 loss to the Padres. 

Guerrero took a 1-0 pitch deep to center field for the home run off of Padres pitcher James Shields. Guerrero finished the day 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. Guerrero is slashing .300/.329/.638 for the season but is only hitting a batting average of .235 in his last five games. 


Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt blasts 12th home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:17 pm ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 3 at the plate in Arizona's 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Goldschmidt did his damage in the third inning when he blasted a two-run shot off of Jason Hammel to deep center field, his 12th of the season. Goldschmidt continues to tear up pitching early in the season and is now hitting .333 with 38 RBI in 156 at-bats. 


Cubs LF Chris Coghlan blasts seventh home run of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:14 pm ET) Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan went 1 for 2 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Coghlan did his damage in the fifth inning when he took a Jeremy Hellickson pitch to deep right field for a two-run shot, his seventh of the season. Coghlan is now hitting .208 with 11 RBI in 125 at-bats this year.


Dodgers P Carlos Frias gives up 10 runs in lopsided loss
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:14 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias had an afternoon to forget. 

In four innings of work, Frias was rocked for 10 earned runs in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 loss to the Padres. He was unable to strike out anybody and walked two batters. 

Frias had been having a solid season until this game. In four previous starts and two relief appearances, Frias had only allowed a total of seven earned runs while striking out 19 batters. Twelve of San Diego's 20 hits came against Frias. 

This disastrous game ballooned his ERA from 2.55 to 5.34 for the season. 

Frias' next start is projected for Saturday against the Cardinals. 


Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blasts fifth home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:12 pm ET) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Montero did his damage in the second when he connected for a solo home run off of Jeremy Hellickson, his fifth of the season.

Montero is now hitting .267 with 16 RBI in 101 at-bats this season.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel strikes out nine in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. 

Hammel allowed a run in the first inning, but had his most issues in the third. After allowing a leadoff triple to Nick Ahmed, Hammel gave up a run when pitcher Jeremy Hellickson hit a sac fly to center. Then, Hammel surrendered a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. 

Hammel, now 3-2, alos struck out nine with just one walk and moved his ERA to 2.98 on the year. He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Royals.


Padres P James Shields goes 7 strong innings in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Padres pitcher James Shields stayed unbeaten with another solid performance in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Dodgers. 

Shields did give up three earned runs, two of which came on an Alex Guerrero bomb in the seventh inning. Up until that point, Shields pitched a great game, with everything in hand thanks to the Padres' run support. 

Shields has now allowed only six earned runs over his past three games. He struck out seven batters and walked one in seven full innings. Shields now has an ERA of 3.75 for the season. 

His next start is projected for Friday against the Pirates. 


Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler notches second save of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:06 pm ET) Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Arizona's 4-3 win on Sunday over the Cubs, earning his second save of the season. 

Ziegler made quick workof the first two hitters of the inning, needing just four pitches. After allowing a single to Starlin Castro, Ziegler finished things off by forcing Miguel Montero to pop out to left field. Ziegler now owns a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings of work.


Diamondbacks' Jeremy Hellickson allows three runs in win on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:02 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Jeremy Hellickson allowed three runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work in Arizona's 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Hellickson had just two belmishes on his day, allowing a solo home run to Miguel Montero in the second and a two-run home run to Chris Coghlan in the fifth. Hellickson, now 2-3, also recorded four strikeouts with just one walk on the day.

He now owns a 5.33 ERA in 50 2/3 innings of work and will look to keep things rolling on Saturday against the Brewers.


Astros' closer Luke Gregerson picks up 12th save
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:55 pm ET) Astros closer Luke Gregerson got a scare thanks to a ninth-inning homer from the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, but held on to pick up his 12th save of the season Sunday in Houston's 10-8 victory.

Gregerson hasn't been dominant -- he's given up runs in four of his last 10 outings and homers in three of his last 10 -- but he's only blown one save this season for Houston. 


 
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